Grant ID: 1394
Title of Proposal: PACTS 3: Pets of Alachua County Targeted Sterilization Project Phase 3
Agency Type: Non-Profit
Total Funding Requested: $25,000.00
Check Payable To: No More Homeless Pets, Inc
Application Information
Demographics
Name of Applicant Agency: No More Homeless Pets, Inc Website Address: www.NMHP.net
Person Submitting Proposal: Sandi Richmond Position: Executive Director
Person Submitting Proposal Email Address: operationpetsnip.director@gmail.com
Agency Head: Sandi Richmond Agency Head Email: operationpetsnip.director@gmail.com
Organization Business Address: 4205 NW 6 Street Suite A-2 City: Gainesville
State: Florida Zip: 32609
Phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx): 352-376-6647 Fax: 866-513-6724
Cell: 352-284-5168    
 
Agency Details

Date of 501(c)(3) Incorporation:
Dates of Last Fiscal Year: Begin: 01/01/13    End: 12/31/13
Organization Income in Last Fiscal Year: $541,740.00
Organization Expenses in Last Fiscal Year: $640,004.00
Number of Paid Employees: Full Time: 6  Part Time: 0
Number of Active Volunteers: 35
Total Volunteer Hours per Week: 50.00
How did you learn of the 2009  Florida Animal Friend grant competition? We are a previous grantee.
Year(s) of previous Florida Animal Friend grants (if applicable):
Previous Florida Animal Friend Applications: Years Funded: 2010 and 2012 Year(s) denied/incomplete: 0
Auto-Generated (Previous Applications):
Grant #Proposal YearProposal TitleStatus
352009Test AppDenied
1262010PACTS: Pets of Alachua County Targeted Sterilization ProjectFunded
2982012PACTS 2: Pets of Alachua County Targeted Sterilization Project Phase 2Funded
13942014PACTS 3: Pets of Alachua County Targeted Sterilization Project Phase 3Funded
16662016Pets of North Central Florida Targeted Sterilization ProjectIneligible
Describe your Organization:
Services Provided Organization Structure:











List your current board of directors:

NameTitlePhoneOccupation
Gladys CofrinPresident352-333-7887Alachua County philanthropist and pitbull advocate
Jessica MillerVice President561-251-9623Humane Resource Director
Martha KernTreasurer352-226-5955Financial Advisor
Robert HutchinsonSecretary352-256-6043Alachua County Commissioner

Applicant Qualifications
For your organization, in the last complete fiscal year:
0  cats and 0  dogs were admitted.
0   cats and  0   dogs were adopted.
0   cats and  0    dogs were euthanized.
1987   cats and  1644    dogs were sterilized.
  
Briefly describe your animal programs:



 
If your program performs adoptions, are all animals sterilized before adoption? 
Yes
If not all, what percentage of animals are not currently sterilized before adoption? 
n/a
If not all, how are animals selected for sterilization before adoption? 
No More Homeless Pets supports our community adoption partners by providing high-quality, high-volume, low-cost sterilization services to nonprofit pet rescue organizations. NMHP does not perform adoptions directly. Every pet that enters our program is sterilized unless a veterinary health exam determines that sterilization surgery is not medically appropriate due to age, health, weight, etc.
If not all, describe your sterilization policies and procedures for assuring sterilization after adoption:
n/a  
Give additional background information on your organization's programs as they relate to this application and the qualifications of the personnel who will be in charge of this program. Show that you have the ability to carry out this program. 
NMHP's programs are directly aligned with Florida Animal Friend, Inc.'s mission of saving lives by supporting free and low-cost spay/neuter services. Our board of directors, executive leadership and professional staff are leaders in the field of animal welfare and high-quality pet sterilization initiatives. Our Executive Director, Sandi Richmond, has more than 25 years as an animal welfare professional, having served as a cruelty investigator, Humane Society executive director and spay/neuter program administrator. Sandi also has experience as a city government administrator with a proven ability for long-term strategic planning and resource development. Our lead veterinarian, Dr. Randy Caligiuri, has dedicated his professional career to the plight of shelter animals, including stints as Alachua County Animal Services Director, lead veterinarian for the Marion County Neuter Commuter mobile clinic program, and Alachua County Animal Services shelter veterinarian. All of our clinic team are Humane Alliance trained and have demonstrated their commitment to the plight of homeless pets through their professional histories and volunteer activities.
If you currently have a program for sterilization of cats and/or dogs, describe your current level of funding and productivity and why additional resources are needed? 
As a nonprofit low-cost, high-volume, high-quality, spay/neuter clinic, No More Homeless Pets,Operation PetSnip offers sterilization surgery to the general public at below cost, with our dedicated board members working throughout the year to make up the difference through fundraising and donations. However, in order to show a significant increase in spay/neuter surgeries that will lower euthanasia rates in our community, we need to provide outreach and resources to the low-income and spay/neuter resistant members of our community who may not be able to afford even our services, or who may not be persuaded to sterilize their pets unless the service is free of charge. At $50 per cat and $80 per dog, our sterilization fees are well below market rate, but for the very poor families and those with multiple pets, as well as feral colony caretakers, even these low fees may be a barrier to doing the right thing for their animals. Additional funding resources are needed to provide free services for these special populations.

Target Population
Geographical target area (name of city, county, zip codes, geographical Information service (GIS), etc.):
Alachua County and surrounding rural counties 
Total human population in target area: 247,336 
Percent of residents living below poverty in target area: 23.6% (significantly higher than the State of Florida (13.8%) and the US as a whole (13.8%) 
Estimated number of pet cats in target area (human population divided by 3.3): 74951 
Estimated number of pet dogs in target area (human population divided by 4.0): 61834 
Estimated number of feral cats in target area (human population divided by 6.0): 41223 
Number of cats admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 3025 
Number of dogs admitted to animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 3360 
Number of cats euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1047 
Number of dogs euthanized in animal control shelters in the target area last year (if known) 1202 
Please explain if you believe your target area animal population is significantly different than above.
As a Maddie's Adoption Project community for the past twelve years, Alachua County partners have invested significant resources in data tracking, analysis, reporting and accountability. We believe that the figures shown above are an extremely accurate reflection of our target area animal population.
Please explain what you believe are the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in the target area:
 Our research indicates that the most substantial sources of dog and cat overpopulation in Alachua County are free-roaming cats, pit bull and pit bull mixes and hounds and hound mixes bred for local hunting.
What kinds of spay/neuter services are currently available in the target area and in what ways are these resources currently insufficient to meet community needs?
Private practice veterinarians in Alachua County charge market rates for pet sterilization surgery (ranging from $200 for male cats up to nearly $1000 for large female dogs) and are available to serve the middle-to-high income, motivated pet owners. NMHP's Operation PetSnip program offers $50 cat and $80 dog sterilization surgery with pain medication included and low-cost vaccinations and other basic health services available. A special $50 feral cat package includes sterilization surgery, rabies and distemper vaccinations, pain medication and ear tip. These programs are targeted to low-income pet owners and feral cat caretakers. While each of these resources is an important piece in our county's plan to eliminate pet overpopulation, there is a significant gap for very low-income pet owners and for caretakers of multiple feral cats or cat colonies. For the neediest of our county's residents, even $50 or $80 is an unmanageable cost. in addition, due to rural and cultural attitudes, a significant portion of our residents or apathetic or resistant to the idea of spaying or neutering their pets. NMHP needs to be able to go beyond low-cost to offer free services to these special populations, but does not currently have funds available to make this a reality for the 2014/2015 fiscal year.
Florida Animal Friend is highly supportive of proposals that are focused on animal populations that are identified as substantial sources of dog or cat overpopulation rather than being diluted over too broad of a geographic area or diverse animal populations. Describe the specific target animal population of the spay/neuter project proposed for this grant:

  
 
TNR Managed Colony Feral Cat Program/Community Cats (Free-Roaming and/or Owned) Program
Define the precise boundaries of the colony or targeted area, including estimate of square miles.
n/a
 
What is the criteria used for determining the target area(s) and/or eligibility for this program?
n/a
 
Describe whether the targeted area is rural, suburban, or urban. Is it commercial, residential, agricultural, or a designated special land use?
n/a
 
Estimated number of cats in the target colony area : 0  
Estimated number that are currently sterilized: 0
Projected reduction after utilizing the grant:  0
 
For TNR program, describe the ability to maintain lifelong care for remaining cats, commitment level of volunteers/organizations, etc.
n/a
 
Do current city/county ordinances address TNR or free-roaming cats?
No

Please explain what is allowed:

(NOTE: FAF will not fund any program this is inconsistent with local ordinances.)
 
For TNR program, list any groups or government agencies who support this TNR effort:
Alachua County Animal Services, Operation Catnip, and Gainesville Pet Rescue.
 
Describe any effort to lessen the negative impact on local wildlife.
n/a
 
Describe efforts that will be made to mitigate current or potential nuisance issues.
n/a
 
Will the cats be ear-tipped? Yes
Will the cats be microchipped? No
 
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how this program will operate to achieve its goals.
n/a
 
Objectives
What do you hope to accomplish with these funds (objectives should be specific and quantifiable)?
NMHP Operation PetSnip's goal for 2014 is to increase the number of spay/neuter surgeries in our community by 1,369 over our 2013 performance for a total of 5,000 surgeries. Our objective for the requested funds is to provide free sterilization surgery for 190 dogs and 196 cats belonging to very low-income residents and to culturally resistant residents by June 30, 2015.
How does this program increase the number of sterilization surgeries above the existing baseline?
Our objective for the requested funds will increase spay/neuter surgeries by a minimum of 386 surgeries above 2013 levels for Alachua County. It will directly address pet owners who would not otherwise have their pets sterilized due to severe economic need and or educational/cultural attitudes.
Methods
What criteria will you use to determine eligibility for your program? 
Low income: We will target residents of Alachua County and the surrounding communities whose household income is at or below 150% of the 2013 federal poverty level. For example, a family of four earning $35,775 or less would be eligible for free spay/neuter assistance under these guidelines. For documentation of eligibility we will accept current Medicaid, Food Stamps, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cards or a 2012 federal tax return. Documentation of participation in other low-income programs such as Head Start or Community Action Program will also qualify. 2:Resistant Populations: We will conduct special outreach for pet owners that are determined to be culturally resistant to pet sterilization. Outreach staff will work with Alachua County Animal Services to identify neighborhoods or individuals with high rate of impounds or known pet overpopulation issues. Section factors will be documented in written notes under the Resistant Population criteria and this information will be used to design future outreach and prevention programs for this special group modeled on the HSUS and ASPCA Pets For Life program.
How will you advertise the program? Explain how the advertising will reach the target audience.
We will advertise our program by partnering with community agencies that directly serve our target audience, Animal Services, Department of Children and Families, Central Florida Community Action, Suwannee River Economic Council, Alachua County Health Department, Catholic Charities, Head Start and other agencies serving low-income families. Representatives of these organizations will assists us in publicizing the opportunity for free pet sterilization by distributing information and discussing the program directly with their clients. We will also conduct direct neighborhood outreach with door-hangers, tabling, community events, flyers in laundromats, hair salons and pawn shops, notices in church bulletins and phone calls or home visits to pet owners identified by Alachua County Animal Services as resistant. Free Public Service Announcements (PSA's), and press releases to radio, newspaper and television stations will be utilized and facebook, web page and other social media.
How will you address barriers to full use of the program such as transportation, illiteracy, and cultural hurdles? 
Transportation: for program participants without transportation we will provide pick up and return of pets in partnership with Gainesville Pet Rescue pet transfer program. 2. Illiteracy: Because our outreach model relies heavily on personal contact and referrals from community partners, we do not anticipate that illiteracy will be a significant barrier to full use of our program. 3. Cultural hurdles: We will work to ensure that our staff and outreach volunteers reflect the cultural diversity of our community. All written program materials will be available in both English and Spanish, and a translator staff and or volunteer will be available for Spanish speaking pet owners.
Does this project involve the transportation of animals by someone other than the client? If so, describe the vehicles, methods for confinement, personnel training, liability releases used to assure the safety of the animals and handlers.
Pick up and return for participants without transportation will be provided in partnership with Gainesville Pet Rescue using their transport vehicle (a custom built air conditioned transport truck). All NMHP and GPR staff have been trained in safe animal handling and are covered by workers compensation insurance. Cats are transported in carriers, while all dogs are on leash when not in a transport vehicle compartment. Pet owners requesting transportation will sign a liability release form prior to picking up their pet.
Veterinary Services
 

What arrangements have you made with veterinarians to perform the surgeries? 
We employ one full-time staff veterinarian, Dr. Randy Caligiuri, backed up by our per diem veterinarians and occasional volunteer veterinarians. Dr. Caligiuri has extensive experience and training in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services, including onsite training at Humane Alliance in Asheville, North Carolina.
Are they:  
 

Veterinary Practices
Practice NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneLead Practice
No More Homeless Pets, Operation PetSnip4205-A2 NW 6 StreetGainesvilleFlorida32609352-376-6647

Fee Range
What is the fee range to be paid for spay and neuter and what is the distribution to be paid by the client vs. the grant program? Keep in mind that Florida Animal Friend grant funds may only be used for costs directly associated with sterilization surgery (including anesthesia and pain control) and not for other items such as vaccines, testing, licensing, and capital purchases.
Amount Paid by Client Amount Paid by Project Total Amount
Range for Male Cats
Range for Female Cats
Range for Male Dogs
Range for Female Dogs
Please check each item below to indicate additional services offered at the time of surgery, whether the client is required to pay for them, and if so what the fee is. For example, if an examination is required for surgery but is not charged to the client it would be marked: Required  Yes, Fee to client No
Required, Optional, or Not Offered Fee to Client?
Examination   
Rabies Vaccination if Due   
Other Vaccination if Due   
Pain Medication   
Parasite Medication   
HW Testing   
Feline Leuk/FIV
County License   
Ear tipping   
Microchip
Other   

None of the anticipated grant funds can be used for any of the above services, except for pain medication.
If necessary, please explain the procedures and fees described above: 
Ear tipping is required for feral/community cats only. Rabies vaccination is required by the State of Florida for any cat or dog not vaccinated by 12 weeks. Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, Bordetella vaccines are optional for dogs at $15 each. Rabies, Distemper, Feline Leukemia vaccines are optional for cats at $15 each. Heartworm, Feline Leukemia and FIV tests are optional at $20 each. Revolution and Frontline are optional at $15. Micro-chipping is available at $25 each with our Operation PetSnip clinic completing all registry for the client and providing tags for the pet.  
Is this a voucher program? No
 
If so, how will you assure compliance with the program?

 
For your voucher program, how have you determined the capacity of the veterinarians listed above to handle the projected capacity?
 
 
Will you have the ability to report the number of vouchers issued and the percentage that result in S/N surgeries?

 
Community Collaboration
To assure the success of your program, are there any local groups (such as rescue groups, animal control agencies, TNR groups, local businesses, local media, social service agencies,etc.) other than your organization and your cooperating veterinarians who are committed to assist?
 
 
Please list them and detail their level of involvement with the proposed effort.
NameLevel of Involvement
Alachua County Animal ServicesAlachua County shelter director, staff and animal control officers will assist NMHP in publicizing our program and targeting low-income and spay/neuter resistant pet owners who are in need of assistance for their pets.
Alachua County Board of County CommissionThe Board of County Commissioners are dedicated to reducing and ending animal euthanasia in Alachua County by 2015. The PACTS 3 project information will be on display and available for distribution at the Alachua County Administration building. Alachua County Commissioner, Robert Hutchinson, actively serves on several animal welfare boards and foundations embracing pet sterilization as the necessary and positive action to reduce pet overpopulation.
Alachua County Department of Children and FamiliesThe Department of Children and Families staff will display, refer, distribute and promote the PACTS 3 project materials to their clients who qualify as low-income and/or culturally resistant pet owners in need of sterilizing their pets in our community.
Alachua County Humane Society ACHS director, staff and volunteers will actively promote and refer low-income and resistant pet owners to the PACTS 3 program at NMHP in an effort to reduce unnecessary pet overpopulation.
Catholic CharitiesStaff and volunteers for Catholic Charities at 3 locations in Alachua County will refer and promote the PACTS 3 program to low-income and spay/neuter resistant pet owners in need who qualify for the program.
Gainesville Pet RescueGainesville Pet Rescue director, staff and volunteers will actively promote and refer low-income pet owners and feral cat caretakers to the PACTS 3 program at NMHP. GPR will also provide transport, pick up and return for low-income pet owners and their pets through the SNR (Shelter Neuter Return) animal transport program for qualified program participants without transportation.
Operation CatnipOperation Catnip, the Gainesville TNR, Trap Neuter Return program's director, staff and volunteers will promote and refer low-income feral and community cat caretakers to the PACTS 3 program in an effort to increase shelter diversion of feral cats and reduce euthanasia of feral/community cats at our county shelter.
The Independent Florida Alligator NewspaperThe University of Florida student run Independent Florida Alligator newspaper will promote the PACTS 3 program by running public service announcements (PSA's) for free and matching the costs of classified advertisements with NMHP.

 
Other Information
Provide any additional information that will help the grant selection committee understand how the program will operate to achieve its goals.
 No More Homeless Pets and our community partners believe that targeting very low income and spay/neuter resistant pet owners is the key to increasing pet sterilization above baseline numbers, as these are the pet owners least likely to ever sterilize their cats and dogs. By providing a special fund for free spay/neuter and facilitating participation through outreach and other support, the PACTS 3 project will directly address the most entrenched barriers in our community:poverty and cultural resistance. At an average cost of only $65 per surgery, PACTS 3 is an excellent investment for Florida Animal Friends funding with huge lifesaving potential.
Budget
Total number of sterilization surgeries projected:
Cats: 196    Dogs:  190 
Total budget requested (Budget should not exceed $25,000): $25,000.00 
Average cost/surgery projected: $65.00 
Describe any expenses that are not included in the grant and how they will be paid for (for example, vaccines, microchipping, ear notching, etc.):
NMHP will cover the costs of required rabies vaccines using locally raised funds and in-kind donations from our veterinary medical supplier and distributor. Ear tipping will be compensated by NMHP. We will also solicit in-kind donations from community, business and corporate partners. Grant funds will be used specifically for the costs of spay/neuter surgery. NMHP board members will target fundraising efforts to support the project.
 
Describe any other funding sources for this program, i.e. other grants, targeted fundraising efforts, budget allocation, etc.
Grant funds will be used specifically for the costs of spay/neuter surgery. The cost of outreach, including printing and staff time will be absorbed by our ongoing Public Education and Outreach program. We will also solicit in-kind donations from community, business and corporate partners. Targeted fundraising efforts will be engaged by a unique partnership with the University of Florida Marketing students under the guidance of UF Professor Stephen La Barbara class of 2014. These three UF student groups will be tasked with fundraising for the PACTS 3 program as project for the class to gain professional experience with the PACTS 3 project and help alleviate costs to our low-income clients for additional services as micro-chipping, flea control or testing for pets or e-collars for dogs.
 
What percent of the total cost of the program would this projected grant cover?
100 %
Timeline
All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
Projected start date: 08/01/14/     Projected end date: 07/31/15
 
Unexpended funds
Any unexpended funds must be refunded to Florida Animal Friend within 30 days of the end of the project.

Requests for extensions
Requests for time extensions are discouraged and not often granted. If it is imperative to request an extension, such request must be made in writing at least 30 days prior to the end of the project. It is FAF’s policy to seldom grant more than a 30-60 day extension.

Failure to submit reports and requests within the required time period will impact your agency’s future grant applications.
 
Future Funding to Sustain Public Spay/Neuter
*Explain how the organization plans to fund this program in the future. Having sustainable plans including other grants, local donations and other services generating revenue enhances the chances of receiving this grant.
We are excited about the potential impact of the PACTS 3 project on Alachua County Animal Services intake and euthanasia statistics, and we believe that our local community will share this excitement as they see the ongoing lifesaving results of increased spay/neuter in low-income neighborhoods. We will leverage this community enthusiasm to create a permanent PACTS fund to which donors can make directed gifts. We will also use the statistical outcomes of the project period to demonstrate impact and effectiveness to make a case for a special PACTS endowment to major donors, and to support grant applications to funders including PetSmart Charities, Petco, ASPCA, HSUS, private foundations and the Alachua County Community Support Services grant program.
Promotion of Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate
*Applicants selected for funding are expected to publicize their grant in support of their spay/neuter program and promote the sale of the Animal Friend license plate via press releases, newsletters, website links, social media, etc. Please describe your plan to promote the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate. Grantees are required to submit documentation of promotional endeavors with their final report.
No More Homeless Pets, Operation PetSnip will acknowledge the Florida Animal Friend grant program on all press releases,our website and facebook pages, social media, all printed program materials and through speaking engagements and opportunities in our community. We currently promote the Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter License Plate through a permanent display in our clinic, reminders on our webpage and facebook pages, press releases and through social media and community speaking opportunities, and will continue to do so.